KwaZulu-Natal farmer’s wife describes terror after being attacked by armed robbers

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The wife of a Dundee farmer has described her terror during an incident where she was held up in her home by two men armed with pangas and knives.

Bongiwe Radebe from Kwaggasdrift farm near Dundee was at home on Friday when two armed men walked in and demanded car keys and cash.

“I became uneasy when the dogs barked non-stop, and assumed it was visitors. I grabbed my phone and went out. When I went to the sitting room, I heard footsteps. Two men opened the door and demanded car keys.”
Victim, Bongiwe Radebe

Radebe told The Witness that the suspects were both wearing black face masks and carried pangas and knives.

“I took a little nap after my husband and his helper had gone out to the farm camp. After they left, I heard our dogs barking, but I thought it was just the normal noise of the dogs in the morning.

“I became uneasy when the dogs barked non-stop, and assumed it was visitors. I grabbed my phone and went out. When I went to the sitting room, I heard footsteps. Two men opened the door and demanded car keys.”

She said they tied her up with a rope, dragged her across the floor “and shoved me under the bed”.

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The intruders then ransacked the house. Three cellphones and a car were taken during the robbery. The men fled in the stolen car.

Radebe said she tried to free herself and sent a text message to her neighbour who came to untie her.

Other farmers were then alerted.

“This is not the first incident. Another farmer was attacked by six armed suspects three months back. The suspects posing as people who had come to do a test for Covid-19 attacked them.”
Farm owner, Meshack Radebe

The farmer, Meshack Radebe, said the farming community gathered and launched a manhunt, resulting in the arrest of two men who were handed over to police. The stolen cellphones and car were also recovered.

“This is not the first incident. Another farmer was attacked by six armed suspects three months back. The suspects posing as people who had come to do a test for Covid-19 attacked them.”

He said farmers no longer felt safe. The farming community in uMzinyathi District and Dundee have called on the police to prioritise farm attacks.

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